ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) Interview by The Core of Brutality

ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) Interview

by The Core of Brutality

By Meowmix

1. Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Eternal Helcaraxe started in May 2003. Between then and February 2004 began writing for a black metal project based on raw emotion and atmosphere. After several line-up changes both Praetorian and I decided to continue as a two piece and in march 2008 released the first MCD entitled “Palest Kingdom”. Shortly after this release in April of 2008 we were joined by Kozel (ex-Mincing Fury)(cz) on bass, and the lineup was completed in July 2008 when were re-joined by our first drummer Tyrith who both added a new level of atmosphere and intensity to our sound. We have been lucky enough to share the stage with such bands as Impiety, Shining, Spearhead, 1349, Anaal Nathrakh and Keep of Kalessin. Kozel regrettably parted ways with EH and in August 2009 we were joined by Thule, Since then have released a second MCD entitled “To Whatever End” and In August 2011 we completed work on our first full length titled “Against All Odds” and is available now through Abyss Records! Unfortunately due to personal reasons Thule decided to leave EH in December 2012. Regardless, the band will be moving forward until a permanent member is found.

2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Our main theme lyrically has always been based on strength, tragedy, war and camaraderie. Alot of our lyrics are reflect personal experiences.

3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

The gigs have been going great recently, we were on a hiatus for most of last year due to our vocalist/guitarist Praetorian suffering a bad injury. We have been gigging solidly since his recovery and look forward to the year ahead.

4. What equipment do you guys use?

Our drummer Tyrith has offical endorsements with “Czarcie Kopyto” pedals and “Acs” in ear monitors. He plays “Pearl” drums and uses “Sabian” cymbols. Praetorian and myself have been using “crate” guitar amps for a long time, Crate heads and cabs, we switch between guitars often enough which include, “Ibanez”, “Gibson” and “ESP”.

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Scandinavian Black metal was definitely a massive influence for us, bands like “Emperor”, “Burzum”, “Immortal”. Some other European bands, “Ancient Rites” and “Amon Amarth” would have also been big ones.

6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

Our first show was in August 2008 supporting “Impiety” and “Spearhead”. Obviously we have come a long way both playing and performing live but I remember it going very well.

7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Being friends and fans of heavy music for such a long time, we already played instruments, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

8. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Personally it really doesn’t matter to us, it is unfortunate to think that CD’s will end up obsolete because of these blogspots and sites, and it will be increasingly hard to make money as a band if people can just download your stuff for free. We have never really been in it for the money. We are just glad people are listening to our music.

9. Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more then the others?

Not really, Every band we have ever played with and supported have always been very friendly. No bad experiences yet.

10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

I personally listen to alot of different bands that have alot of different styles. We incorporate alot of elements into our music and I think it only adds to the music. Your not going to keep everyone happy no matter what way you play your music.

11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

There are alot of songs we love to play. But I think our favourites right now are “As The Snow Gathers”, “We Assist Death” and “Strike”

12. Your biggest band moment?

The biggest band moment so far has to be getting our first full length album “Against All Odds” released by an American label last year. Abyss Records have been doing a great job and can’t thank them enough.

13. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

I don’t really have an opinion on this, there is alot of great stuff coming out at the minute and alot of crap. Thats always been the way. More crap than good at the moment unfortunately.

15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

We are all big Tolkien fans and the word “Helcaraxe” is mentioned in his books. It means “Grinding Ice” in ancient Elvish, we felt it was very fitting to our music.

16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We have a couple of things in the pipeline, we have a tape release of “To Whatever End” coming out on “Sword Productions” very soon. We plan on having another release out before the end of the year. Some new merch and plenty more live assaults!

Interview link: http://thecoreofbrutality.blogspot.com/2013/01/eternal-helcaraxe-interview.html

Eternal Helcaraxe Links:

Official Website: http://eternalhelcaraxe.net/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eternalhelcaraxe

Twitter: www.twitter.com/EHelcaraxe

Myspace: www.myspace.com/eternalhelcaraxe666

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/eternalhelcaraxe

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/eternalhelcaraxe

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Eternal+Helcaraxe

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase ETERNAL HELCARAXE “Against All Odds” CD or “To Whatever End” CD EP go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=eternal+helcaraxe

To preview a song from “To Whatever End”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ih4eXw283sd

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